waves Tongatapu Tonga
essay

Hunga Rattles Our Front Door, All the Way from Tonga

This past Saturday in Suva was a rainy one. Tropical downpours are typical this time of year; it's summer here and cyclone season. In the late afternoon, I heard a deep, persistent rumbling. It fluctuated between low and loud. Our dogs, Guthrie and Jolene, were nervous. I walked out into the yard to find where… Continue reading Hunga Rattles Our Front Door, All the Way from Tonga

downtown Suva Fiji takeaway
Adventure, essay, Food

A Stroll Through Downtown Suva as COVID Restrictions Ease

We strolled through downtown Suva last weekend with our dogs. It had been a while. We hadn't done it, really, since before the city went into lockdown in March 2021 at the start of the big COVID outbreak. I felt a bit socially awkward because I'm not used to having a lot of people around… Continue reading A Stroll Through Downtown Suva as COVID Restrictions Ease

garden buddha Fiji
Adventure, essay

The Final Year in Fiji

We've been living in Fiji for a little more than three years, and we've entered our last year in the country. It's an odd time: looking toward the next thing, while trying to remain present as we continue to live here. I feel a restlessness that I haven't felt for a while. It's part of… Continue reading The Final Year in Fiji

Ous Treat Fiji kimchi pickled daikon chiles marinading in oil
Food

A Sampling of Ou’s Treat: Chinese Food in Fiji

After the pandemic hit Fiji, hubby and I noticed a proliferation of locally produced food products by small business owners. It was heartening to see people being so resourceful, and we happily support these small indie producers when we see products that interest us. One new product we saw on the shelves of our neighborhood… Continue reading A Sampling of Ou’s Treat: Chinese Food in Fiji